4th Generation (1987—1989) Celica Problems

This generations ranks 8th out of 86 Toyota generations in reliability and is one of the safer bets out there. Owners have the most complaints about the engine (50%), transmission (50%), and the We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Throttle Position Sensor Failure 1 complaints at an average of 130,488 miles in the 1987 Toyota Celica.
  2. Won\'t Shift Into Drive 1 complaints at an average of 143,000 miles in the 1989 Toyota Celica.

What Celica Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Toyota model years.

Watch out for the 1987 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
1989 1 1 12 0.07
1987 1 1 10 0.23

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